Ga. superintendent honors Schools of Excellence

By Jamie Ertle-Durden - email

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Coastal Empire schools received top honors on Monday.

Oglethorpe Charter School welcomed to Georgia School Superintendent John Barge. He and Georgia Natural Gas visited to personally hand them the 2010 Georgia Schools of Excellence Award.

Then they visited Savannah Arts Academy. Both schools received a plaque and a $1,000 check to use however they want. Principals at both award-winning schools say the hard work starts at home.

"We've got good parents that really, really help us enforce anything and everything related the kids' education," said Principal Kevin Wall of Oglethorpe Charter School.

"[It's] a lot of hard work on behalf of the teachers, students and certainly the parents. Our kids are really very busy, being in a school like Savannah Arts with all the performing, athletics and clubs," said Principal Gif Lockley of Savannah Arts Academy.

Twenty-two schools around the state won the award. St. Simon's Elementary in Glynn County also won the award.

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